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Cannons mark the battlefield atop Snodgrass Hill in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a 1.5-mile hike on Saturday, Jan. 9, that explores a part of the battlefield not often seen and shows how landscape shaped the Battle of Chickamauga.

A good understanding of the ground often determines who will win and who will lose in a battle, National Park officials say, and it also plays a big role in being able to understand the events and stories that occurred on a battlefield many years later.

The tour will take advantage of the lack of foliage to view the terrain that played a role on the afternoon of Sept. 20, 1863, when a portion of the U.S. Army of the Cumberland successfully halted repeated Confederate assaults against their position.

Participants will meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, and caravan to Snodgrass Cabin (Tour Stop 8), where they will walk to various points on Horseshoe Ridge.

The outing starts at 2 p.m. and should last about 90 minutes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and bring water.

For more information, contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/chch.

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